Brian Whitener

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Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Student Fellow

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    “After the Fall: Mexico, Brazil and Financialization in the Long 1990s”

    Through an analysis of cultural texts, this dissertation examines the impact of financialization (the increasing importance of financial actors, markets, and institutions) on Latin American countries and argues that financialization is the centerpiece, in Latin America, of the restructuring of national economies and their integration into the world market that begins in the mid-1970s. In three chapters that take a comparative approach to Mexico and Brazil, I trace across a variety of cultural objects (including novels, films, and high art) the effects, reactions to, and consequences of financialization across a period I term, to underscore the unevenness of processes of financialization in Latin America, “the long 90s.”